Film Courage: Jeffrey, will you write on days when you don’t feel inspired?
Jeffrey Reddick: Yeah. I always joke that my inspiration is I have to pay rent and I have bills to pay. There are times where I will give myself a break because I’m like “Okay, I’ve been working. I’ve been writing everyday for 10 days.” And if I want to take a day off it’s okay. That’s usually what happens with me. I read a great quote somewhere, somebody can Google it to see who said it, but they were talking about how you don’t wait for your muse to come, you know? Like you grab the muse and you strap it down to the chair and you choke it until…writers will find any excuse not to write. It’s like working out or doing anything that you want to do, but you’re fearful that you’re not going to reach out for it. You’re going to find any excuse to put off writing.
You have to learn not too…you can’t say if you’re waiting for inspiration…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Bio (via IMDB):
Jeffrey Reddick is best known for creating the Final Destination (2000) film franchise. He also co-wrote the story for, and executive produced, Final Destination 2 (2003). Jeffrey lives in Los Angeles. He grew up in Eastern Kentucky and attended Berea College. Jeffrey made his first connection to the film industry at age 14, when he wrote a prequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and mailed it Bob Shaye, the President of New Line Cinema. Bob returned the material for being unsolicited. But the young man wrote Bob an aggressive reply, which won him over. Bob read the treatment and got back to Jeffrey. Bob, and his assistant, Joy Mann, stayed in contact with Jeffrey for over five years. When he went to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York at age 19, Bob offered him an internship at New Line Cinema. This internship turned into an 11-year stint at the studio.
Aside from Final Destination (2000), which spawned four successful sequels, Jeffrey’s other credits include Lions Gate’s thriller, Tamara (2005) and the remake of George Romero’s classic, Day of the Dead (2008).
Jeffrey has several feature and TV projects in development and he directed his first short, Good Samaritan (2014) in 2014.
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